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The Independent can today reveal the British public’s extraordinary response to the Syrian refugee crisis that is engulfing the Middle East and Europe, with millions coming forward to offer up their time, money and homes – putting pressure on the Government to do much more.


Only a fuddy-duddy would call it  “Mother’s ruin” these days. As widely reported, gin in infinite variety is now served in Britain’s fashionable bars. And so it follows that a government minister wants to celebrate local producers by establishing an official “distillery trail”.